Grazie, Graziano!

Posted in food pairing, Full Body, Red, Zinfandel with tags , , , , , on October 9, 2010 by Julia

Long time, no blog!  I haven’t found the time to blog in a while, but that does not mean I haven’t been “researching” plenty (read: drinking delicious wines on regular occasion).  I’m going to try to do a few posts to catch up a bit.  So… the subsequent reviews will be from summer/fall 2010 events.  Luckily, my friends have obliged and joined me for the fun.  So- first up!?  Graziano- a Zinfandel from Mendocino, California! Continue reading

The Bachelorette Bubbly!

Posted in Bubbly, food pairing, Uncategorized on August 21, 2010 by Julia

First, Congrats to my girl DREA!  We hosted a surprise ‘Bachelorette’ for her and enjoyed some very fresh Veuve Cliquot champagne for the occasion!

What’s there really to review about this wine?  Veuve Cliquot is among the best champagnes, and possibly the best under $100 (though I’m still partial to my Running/Rose champagne…)  Personally, I save this for special occasions- works really well as a gift for birthdays, graduations, weddings!!!, and you know, Thursdays:)  In any event, I was lucky enough to get to enjoy with some of the best girls on earth, one of whom is getting married!  Hence the following celebration.  The Champagne was perfectly chilled, crisp, a little dry, not too sweet.  It balanced very well with the ripe strawberries, too.  It was PERFECT as a 6pm appertif!

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Drink with Ease…

Posted in Cabernet, food pairing, Red, Sauvignon on July 26, 2010 by Julia

Last weekend, I tried a Cabernet suggested by my sister that’s both light on  the palate… and light on the wallet.   A very nice combination as it turns out! The wine was the 2006 Columbia Crest Two Vines Cabernet Sauvignon.  It’s a well-balanced, light red that went marvelously with a some crudites and chocolate.  Yes, you read that right.  I often have veggies and chocolate in close succession on a regular basis… I’m a girl, what can I say?  Continue reading

Monkey See, Monkey Do!

Posted in Sauvignon on July 21, 2010 by Julia

This is a sweet synopsis of a favorite “economical” Sauvignon from Marlborough, NZ (of course).  My lovely friends Angela and Whit reviewed it! (Which is clear simply by the statement: “Kiwi’s eight-year dominance of the America’s Cup,” which I almost needed to Wiki…)  Awesome review follows–

Monkey Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2009
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What Would Voldemort Drink?

Posted in Crianza, Events, food pairing, Rioja on July 20, 2010 by Julia

Last night I tried a Spanish wine at a bar, which is often a dicey choice… depending on the bar.  I say that because Spanish wines are known for their variability in quality depending on the age, vineyard, climate, weather… it’s just a variable climate for grape growin’.  To intensify the problem of knowing which wine to select… you will always overpay for wine when you’re drinking “out” rather than buying your own bottle, so it’s hard to tell the price point/quality of the wine.  If you REALLY know your wines, then you’re probably just fine (and probably not frequenting the same establishments as I do).  I tend to be that girl who selects wine based on the label and the price (I typically choose more expensive Spanish wines to try to allay the potential for a bad one).  And seeing as bar prices reflect nothing of the bottle costs- it’s just a precarious venture.  But, I made that choice last night– with the Conde de Valdemar Crianza 2005.  It was well, interesting.  I might preface this a bit more by stating a good rule of thumb: if you’re in a typical bar is Somerville, especially one where you could find a full crew of people in running attire (short shorts, anyone?)

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Up a Creek! Deliciously.

Posted in Uncategorized on July 14, 2010 by Julia

Hola!  So, I have a few oldie-but-goody posts I’ve been meaning to write for a while.  I guess that just means I’ve had several bottles of wine lately that I haven’t mentioned publicly 🙂   And one of those I didn’t write about because it’s kind of a gimme- everyone has had this wine and I actually think it’s a fabulous go-to wine for ANYONE looking for a Shiraz.  I promise I will be bringing you  something really cool that you don’t even know about in the near future!  (I love that movie.)  Now, onto the review…

Jacob’s Creek Reserve Shiraz 2006!

This is a classic, smooth, fruity, balanced wine.  I realllly enjoy it.  Quickly, to explain what the heck “reserve” means.   Reserve wine is a term for wines whose grapes are of particularly high quality, at least, higher quality than the usual bottle.   However, I should note there is actually a little more flexibility with the term.  Similar to the looseness of the definition of “Old Vine” for Zinfandels, “Reserve” can also be given to bottles made of grapes better suited for a long aging process, or  for NO reason except marketing!  Those schemers… Continue reading

Honoring the World Cup! (with wine, of course)

Posted in food pairing, Full Body, Red, Syrah on July 12, 2010 by Julia

Recently, I decided to try a South African wine, in part to honor the World Cup that I understand many people have enjoyed.  Not exactly my cup of tea for TV sports?  But that’s alright, I appreciate the game’s athleticism and, ahem, aesthetic qualities.

Without further ado, allow me to introduce the bold….  Goats do Roam Red 2008. Just an editorial note, because it’s hilarious… this is actually a word play on “Cotes du Rhone,” as the vineyard uses a blend of Rhône varieties such as Shiraz, Cinsaut, Carignan and Mourvèdre with a dash of local Pinotage.  The Goats do Roam vineyard now claims a history about an old herd of goats actually selecting the grapes for the first bottles…  I’ll let you decide what to believe.

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Fireball Firebelle: Guest Post!

Posted in Cabernet, Malbec, Merlot, Red with tags on June 14, 2010 by Julia

Larkmead Vineyard’s 2007 Firebelle

Angela and Whitney graciously agreed to co-author a wonderful red wine post for me!  They’ve done a fabulous job and I trust had some fun in the process.   They tasted an interesting blend from a vineyard in Central California with dynamic bits of soil that make for very different varietals: Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot.  As for the rest, I’ll let you read the review!

Firebelle Blend

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“Smokey Tobaccy”

Posted in Uncategorized on June 12, 2010 by Julia

Just tried the 2008 Cigar Box Malbec Reserve Wine… but let me explain why.  The label reads: “Drink with grilled meats, salmon or alone in your bedroom with the door locked… you’re the boss!”  Well, I am the boss and I could NOT put the bottle down with a description like that…  So I brought it home and opened it almost immediately.

Cigar Box Malbec

Region: Mendoza, Argentina
Varietal: 100% Malbec
Vintage: 2008
Alcohol: 13.5% by vol.
Acidity: 5.70 g/l
Residual Sugar: 8.5 g/l
pH: 3.40

The wine is interesting to say the least.
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Prosecco on a Boat!

Posted in Uncategorized on June 8, 2010 by Julia

Venetian House Prosecco

This was served as a little "taster." I loved the American-sized wine tastes in Italy 🙂

Well, this is a bit of an odd review.  Having recently returned from Italy, I have many bottles to review.  I’m going to start with a cumulative review of one particular type that I had…. all the time.  When traveling around Italy, more often than not, due to dining in the warm Italian sun, if I was in the mood for alcohol in Italy I ordered Prosecco.  Not a particular Prosecco because you can’t really serve ‘bad’ Prosecco in Italy.  The expectation is just too high to disappoint.  In any event, I shot a few pics of Prosecco around Italy and I’m prepared to make a huge faux pas and review them… all… because 1) they all tasted pretty similar, 2) I was drunk enough whilst drinking them not to notice the few (if ANY) subtle details… 🙂

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